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Creating something special

For me, there are plenty of examples of stories which are well written - well-crafted and technically competent. Often, they are very, very good indeed.But they do not always enjoy success, be it…Continue

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Creating intrigue

Good short stories and novels are often by writers that have a keen understanding of the need to intrigue the reader by creating tension.Intrigue works in various ways and it is an important tool if…Continue

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Getting it right from the beginning

One of my students came up with a cracking first line the other day and it got me thinking about one of my favourite topics.A busy and harassed judge/editor/agent reads so much that anything that…Continue

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How to create charcters

A lot of my teaching focuses on characters (they are at the heart of my classes, they are, after all, our major tools as writers).So how do you create them? Here’s some thoughts: * Maybe base them on…Continue

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Mentoring for writers

Novelist John Dean is running an online mentoring and writing workshop programme for aspiring authors.John, who is based in Dumfries and Galloway, has had sixteen crime novels published and is with London-based The Book Folks. He is a co-director of Inscribe Media Limited, which is running the programmes.John, who also runs creative writing courses, said: “Writing can be a lonely pastime and our programmes help writers tackle some of the many challenges that it throws up. “We focus on major…See More
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A festival for crime fiction and non-fiction fans

May is National Crime Readers’ Month (NCRM), a unique literary festival held throughout the UK, which promotes the crime genre, both fiction and non fiction.NCRM is designed to bring together writers and readers in order to promote the genre as a whole and writers specifically.It is co-ordinated by The Crime Writers’…See More
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Crime fiction sales hit the top of the chart

Crime novels and psychological thrillers are outselling other types of fiction for the first time, after television dramas boosted interest in the genre.In 2017, 18.7 million crime and thriller books were sold, up 19 per cent since 2015. General and literary fiction titles, which have led the market for the past 20 years, sold 18.1 million copies.Women are driving the boom, accounting for 53 per cent of crime and thriller sales. The market last year was worth £117 million, according to figures…See More
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Keeping it real

This is an article I have just had published in Red Herrings, the magazine of the Crime Writers’ Association, of which I am a member, which I thought might interest When you talk to writers, one of the subjects that evokes some of the most passionate  debate is the blurring between reality and fiction.There are those writers who argue…See More
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A glimpse into the mind of a writer

Emotion is something of which some writers are wary, preferring to produce work without revealing too much of themselves.However, for many other writers, there cannot be fiction without a sense of themselves in it.For some authors, there is always part of them peering through, their fears, their hopes, their aspirations, their take on life. They may not say ‘and this is me’ but it is there all the same. For many authors, writing has to be a deeply personal art.Of course, it is not all…See More
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Author to talk at festival

Join crime writer John Dean at the Darlington Arts Festival Literary Day on Saturday May 26. John, the creator of the DCI John Blizzard and DCI Jack Harris series, who has had 16 novels published and is currently with The Book Folks of London, will talk about where his ideas come from.Price: Free event, no booking requiredPlace: Library Room at Friends Meeting House, SkinnergateDate and time: 26th May 4pm-5pmFull programme details at…See More
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Crime writing course is launched

Crime novelist and creative writing tutor John Dean has launched an online Crime Fiction Course.John, author of 12 novels published by Robert Hale, and the creator of DCI John Blizzard and DCI Jack Harris, also runs Inscribe Media Ltd, which is based in Darlington in North East England, which will be offering the course.The online course, which runs in eight parts and can begin at a time and date to suit the student, will help writers to improve their technique and improve their chances of…See More
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Where do writers' ideas come from?

For some writers, stories always start with a place, somewhere that strikes them  so forcibly that the story unfolds around them.Other writers start with a character, someone so interesting, so intriguing that they can almost tell the story on their own.Other writers begin with the story itself, an idea inspired by a newspaper snippet, something someone says, a sudden sense of ’what if?’Some write for additional reasons, to get a point over, to add to our knowledge of the world or to make us…See More
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Raising a laugh

There’s an old saying that if you are not a humorous person, don’t try to write humour.Well, it is only part-true. It is certainly the case that a straight-laced, humourless person might well struggle to write side-splitting comedy but if you are an author, that might not be a good enough excuse.Why? Because humour is vital to creating good fiction. Even if you are not writing an out-and-out comic piece, humour has a role to perform.For a start, it can create light against the dark. Take an…See More
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Posted on May 21, 2018 at 8:32

Mentoring for writers

Novelist John Dean is running an online mentoring and writing workshop programme for aspiring authors.

John, who is based in Dumfries and Galloway, has had sixteen crime novels published and is with London-based The Book Folks. He is a co-director of Inscribe Media Limited, which is running the programmes.

John, who also runs creative writing courses, said: “Writing can be a lonely pastime and our programmes help writers tackle some of the many challenges that it throws up. “We…

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Posted on May 11, 2018 at 8:54

To Honour the Dead is published

Are the defacing of a town’s war memorial and the death of a WWII veteran connected? DCI Jack Harris investigates.

The small town of Levton Bridge is beset by a spate of vandalism against its war memorials. Uniformed police believe it is just kids, but DCI Jack Harris is not so sure. And when a local WWII…

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Posted on April 25, 2018 at 8:00

Crime titles to watch out for

The Week has named its crime fiction books to look out for in 2018  Check them out at…

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Mentoring for writers

Novelist John Dean is running an online mentoring and writing workshop programme for aspiring authors.John, who is based in Dumfries and Galloway, has had sixteen crime novels published and is with London-based The Book Folks. He is a co-director of Inscribe Media Limited, which is running the programmes.John, who also runs creative writing courses, said: “Writing can be a lonely pastime and our programmes help writers tackle some of the many challenges that it throws up. “We focus on major…See More
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A festival for crime fiction and non-fiction fans

May is National Crime Readers’ Month (NCRM), a unique literary festival held throughout the UK, which promotes the crime genre, both fiction and non fiction.NCRM is designed to bring together writers and readers in order to promote the genre as a whole and writers specifically.It is co-ordinated by The Crime Writers’…See More
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Crime fiction sales hit the top of the chart

Crime novels and psychological thrillers are outselling other types of fiction for the first time, after television dramas boosted interest in the genre.In 2017, 18.7 million crime and thriller books were sold, up 19 per cent since 2015. General and literary fiction titles, which have led the market for the past 20 years, sold 18.1 million copies.Women are driving the boom, accounting for 53 per cent of crime and thriller sales. The market last year was worth £117 million, according to figures…See More
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Keeping it real

This is an article I have just had published in Red Herrings, the magazine of the Crime Writers’ Association, of which I am a member, which I thought might interest When you talk to writers, one of the subjects that evokes some of the most passionate  debate is the blurring between reality and fiction.There are those writers who argue…See More
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